Sport NBA award finalists 2017: LeBron James not a candidate to win MVP

03:40  20 may  2017
03:40  20 may  2017 Source:   Sporting News

NBA awards 2017: LeBron James left off MVP finalists list

  NBA awards 2017: LeBron James left off MVP finalists list The nominees for NBA's MVP have been announced, and a certain "best player on the planet" is noticeably absent. The list, which was unveiled on Friday ahead of Game 2 of the Cavs-Celtics series, included Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard, but snubbed James.MORE: All-NBA teams 2017Westbrook is far and away considered the favorite for the award after averaging a triple-double for the season, powering the Thunder to a 45-win season and pulling down 42 triple-doubles during the season. However, his team lost to Harden's Rockets, who in turn lost to Leonard's Spurs.

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar small forward LeBron James may still have a chance to win MVP award , even if it’s not with the traditional NBA Awards that are voted on by 100 independent media members.

For fans who have been dialed in to the amazing 2017 NBA MVP race there is good and bad news. First the bad news, fans will have to wait until a brand new NBA award ceremony Monday, June 26, 2017 to find out whether Russell Westbrook or James Harden won the MVP .

LeBron James is playing on a different level these playoffs but the Cavaliers star will not win his fifth MVP award.

The NBA announced three finalists for its first-ever awards show on Friday and James didn't make the cut despite averaging 26.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists during the regular season.

Instead the honor will go to either Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook or James Harden. Westbrook, who averaged a triple-double this past season, is currently listed as the favorite to win.

The Rockets, Spurs and Warriors are well represented with a host of finalists. Here are the candidates for each major category. The winners will be announced on June 26 at the inaugural awards show on TNT.

LeBron James' teammates struggle to explain his 'crazy' MVP snub

  LeBron James' teammates struggle to explain his 'crazy' MVP snub LeBron James played Game 2 against the Celtics Friday night without realizing what millions of other NBA fans already knew — he is not one of the three finalists for the NBA MVP Award.The NBA announced the MVP finalists about 10 minutes before the Cavs-Celtics game tipped off. James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kawhi Leonard are the three finalists for the award, which will be announced June 26. This marks the first time James has finished outside the top three in MVP voting since 2008.James scored 30 points — and could have scored far more if needed — in the Cavaliers' historic 130-86 win against Boston.

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But LeBron James will also more than likely have a very successful team which we have seen in history dramatically helps a player ’s chances of winning the MVP award . LeBron James ’ Estimated Stats for 2017 NBA Season

MVP: Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, Thunder's Russell Westbrook and Rockets' James Harden.

LeBron James © (Getty Images) LeBron James

Coach of the Year: Heat's Erik Spoelstra, Rockets' Mike D’Antoni and Spurs' Gregg Popovich.

Rookie of the Year: 76ers' Joel Embiid, Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon and 76ers' Dario Saric.

Defensive Player of the Year: Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, Jazz's Rudy Gobert, and Warriors' Draymond Green.

Sixth Man of the Year: Rockets' Eric Gordon, Rockets' Lou Williams and Warriors' Andre Iguodala.

Most Improved Player: Jazz's Rudy Gobert, Nuggets' Nikola Jokic and Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo.

LeBron James wins NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Award for community service .
Cavaliers forward LeBron James may not have been named an MVP finalist this year, but he won't be shut out from winning at least one of the NBA's postseasonOn Sunday, James was named the 2016-17 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award winner, which is given annually to a player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community, according to a league press release.

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